Cella’s Chat: Minerals, Does Your Body Have Enough? Part I

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Many of us never have the opportunity to experience a mineral spring and the great benefits.   This blog post will be a two part series – Part I provides my personal experience and the definition of what a mineral spring is as well as the history.  Part II will contain the benefits, why our bodies need minerals and the signs and symptoms of what a lack of minerals in your body can do.

Personal Experience

In the past several months, I have been privileged to experience two separate mineral springs.  The first experience was in Hot Springs, North Carolina which was very close to our destination travel City of Asheville.  The experience was incredibly relaxing (and romantic I have to say) – hot mineral spring water was pumped into hot tubs which were behind wooden walls located outside next to the river.  The waters were hot, over 100 degrees, just perfect for our bodies to relax. After we soaked, we were lead to a building where we experienced a relaxing massage.  My experience was one of pure relaxation and calm.

My second experience was recently in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia.  Originally the springs were known and visited by Native Americans from Canada to North Carolina for the healing powers contained in these waters.  In 1748, at the age of 16, George Washington came to the area while surveying land for Lord Fairfax and for years after, he visited the Springs, even bringing his nephew in the hopes of healing him from tuberculosis.  While here, we first took in a hot sauna for its relaxation and detoxifying effects followed by an experience in a roman bath.  There is a building (dating back to 1815) where these roman baths are contained.  Here couples can share in the healing benefits of this mineral water.  I can only describe the feeling of floating in these baths to be one of less gravity.  I felt as if I was very “light” and there was no way I could have sunk to the bottom.  My husband and I partook of these waters for about 25 minutes.  I must say, not only was I relaxed, but my neck, which has suffered whiplash and has arthritis had no aches or pains for the next two days after we floated in this water.  I was truly amazed!

Mineral Water: The Definition

Mineral water is water from a mineral spring that contains various minerals, such as salts and sulfur compounds.  Traditionally, mineral  waters, were used or consumed at their spring sources, often referred to as “taking the waters” or “taking the cure,” at developed cities such as spars, baths, or wells. The term spa was used for a place where the water was consumed and bathed in; the term bath by definition was where the water was used primarily for bathing, therapeutics, or used primarily for bathing, therapeutics, or recreation; and the term  well  where the water was to be consumed.  In modern times, it is far more common for mineral water to be  bottled  at the source for distributed consumption.

Some History

Europeans have flocked to hot mineral spring spas for centuries to experience the restorative and curative values of the mineral waters. The practice of “taking the waters” for therapeutic purposes is as popular today as it was in the days of the Roman baths. In 1326 one of the first spas was born when an ironmaster learned of a secluded spring and used it for healing himself and later he opened a center there and that area became known as Spa, Belgium.

The Dead Sea, though not a mineral spring, is considered the richest depository of minerals and phosphates which are essential to maintaining the healthy process of cell renewal and stimulating blood circulation.  King Soloman, the Queen of Shebah, Cleopatra and King Herod all bathed in the Dead Sea.  As a matter of fact, there is a historical rumor the Cleopatra tried to obtain the rights to the Dead Sea exclusively as her own because she believed the anti-aging properties of this water was very important.   Unfortunately for her, that never happened.

In ancient Greece, springs were believed to have supernatural powers as these ancient peoples believed they were the dwelling places of the Gods.  They actually had Centers built around mineral springs they called Asclepieia – after Asclepius, the mythological God of Health.

This practice of utilizing hot mineral spring water was also utilized by the Romans who built baths across their county which included the famous one in Bath, England.

In the Americas the native people also knew of and believed in the healing properties of the waters.  Montezuma was believed to have been carried across a mountain to a spa called Agua Hedionda where he bathed in the springs and sipped the waters to help him with his strenuous life.  It was also believed the Mohawks and Iriquois nation held the mineral springs in their area (Saratoga Springs, NY) to be sacred and even tried to hide their existence from the white man.

To Be Continued

Part II will contain information you won’t want to miss such as: why minerals are important to your health and the signs and symptoms from the lack of minerals.  In today’s society, many of our foods are mineral depleted from toxic chemicals and water, making it almost impossible to get the proper balance of vitamins and minerals needed.  Utilizing a mineral spring is one of many resources available for replenishing the body.  And, besides, if nothing else, it is relaxing and stress free. If you have ever thought of considering experiencing a mineral spring…I say…”GO FOR IT!”

 Your health is what you make of it. Everything you do and think either adds to the vitality, energy and spirit you possess or takes away from it.”
― 
Ann WigmoreThe Hippocrates Diet and Health Program

P.S: Please share your story if you have visited a Mineral Spring.

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